"Harbingers of Spring" ©2010 Mindy Lighthipe

This past year I had the wonderful opportunity to enter a juried art exhibit, "Blossoms ll" sponsored by the Susan K Black Foundation. This is the 2nd time that the exhibition has happened. This time there were over 1000 applicants from all over the world. The jury chose only 100 pieces. I am so pleased that one of my paintings was included. The show opened in Naples, Florida in February 2011 and is traveling around the country for the next year or so. I was lucky enough to attend the opening. One of the things I really loved about the show is the subject is Flower Art, not strictly Botanical Art. Flowers can be depicted in so many ways.  I am a botanical artist but I appreciate the different mediums and approaches that many artists take in depicting flowers. The range of work was well represented and there was a good selection of botanical paintings as well.

The SKBlack Foundation has just released a virtual gallery of the exhibition. It has detailed information about each painting as well as the artist. It is set up just like a gallery where you can click in and out of the rooms and see the paintings next to one another. There were many cash prizes awarded and you can see the award winners as well. The physical exhibition is traveling and you can see if it might be in your neighborhood. If you can't see it in person the next best thing is to see it online. I invite you to check it out. It is a real treat to see!